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UDC appoints Kenneth Masego Segokgo UDC Tlokweng constituency parliamentary candidate

The Botswana National Front (BNF) has moved swiftly to appoint a candidate for the anticipated Tlokweng constituency parliamentary bye-election. Kenneth Masego Segokgo of the BNF will represent the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).


“It is our pleasure and honour at the Botswana National Front (BNF), and on behalf of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and indeed our other comrades in the opposition, to announce the appointment of Cde Kenneth Masego Segokgo as UDC candidate for the anticipated 2017 Tlokweng Constituency Bye – Election.  


According to BNF spokesperson, Justin Hunyepa, the choice of Cde Segokgo came after a marathon series of consultations within the Constituency.  He says the Tlokweng Constituency, at the end of this process, came up with a credible, suitable and consensus candidate to represent the UDC in the Parliamentary bye-elections. The Constituency Committee has since communicated with other party structures as well as consulting the late Cde Bathobakae’s family, Hunyepa says.


“Cde Segokgo brings a lot of experience and priceless value to the Tlokweng Constituency and Botswana Parliament. He is currently the Tlokweng Constituency Chairperson, a position that further makes him suitable for the new assignment of area MP. He has been a Botswana National Front (BNF) member and activist for many years,” writes Hunyepa in his brief.


Cde Segokgo is a former educationist having qualified from the University of Botswana (UB) with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Education) in 1996, a scarce skills area in Botswana. He is a product of the then highly exclusive, elite and brain challenging pre-science course (PESC) at UB.


As a secondary school teacher for more than 10 years, he has contributed in Mater Spei College being one of the best performing schools in Botswana. He is therefore a reputable educationist. As an educationist, he has also contributed to national sports development as a BISA coach. Segokgo also worked for several years as a National Recruitment Coordinator at National Blood Transfusion Centre, running successful campaigns that led to a surplus in blood donations. Thousands of Batswana lives have been saved by this critical and sensitive national service centre, through Segokgo’s initiatives.


Hunyepa said Cde Segokgo is an accomplished businessman and therefore understands the Botswana business environment, at a time when business conditions are deteriorating as a result of the Botswana Democratic Party’s flawed economic policies.


“Cde Segokgo also did several professional courses locally and internationally, including Quality Management Systems; Advanced First Aid; International Forum for Health Promotion; Blood Donor Recruitment; Monitoring and Evaluation on HIV/AIDS programmes; Customer Service; etc.


He is not only an effective communicator, but is also responsible, truthful, tolerant, approachable, reliable and above all is ready to serve the Constituency and the nation at large. Cde Segokgo will definitely add value in both Parliament and Constituency with his broad experience across the socio-economic fields of education, health, sports, business and politics.”


Hunyepa writes: “The party therefore confidently presents to you the most credible candidate for the Tlokweng Constituency. The party further appreciates the spirit in which the structures peacefully handled the selection process. The BNF therefore endorses the people’s choice and with confidence, presents Cde Segokgo to the united opposition (UDC and BCP) and the ever supportive working class. Batlokwa, Tlokweng residents, including the civic society and all other comrades are called upon to rally behind Cde Segokgo and cast a vote for him so as to elect an MP who will serve with dedication.”

Justin Hunyepa is the BNF Publicity Secretary

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Botswana approves extradition of British fugitive

20th March 2023

Raiz Ahmed Tayub, a British fugitive sought by Interpol for his involvement in human trafficking and slave trade crimes, was captured by the Botswana Police Service (BPS) earlier this year.

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BOCRA detects new cyber attacks targeted at Botswana

20th March 2023

Government owned communications regulator, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) recently detected several cyber-attacks targeted at national information and communications infrastructure, companies and home routers in this country.

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Malawi appeals for help over Cyclone Freddy at PAP

17th March 2023

As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.

Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.

Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.

He made a special appeal to the PAP:  “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”

Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”

According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.

The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.

Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.

Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.

He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.

“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.

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